Michael Goodwin: I could do without the mysterious reference to “other people,” but the clarity of his acceptance of the findings should help repair the damage he did to himself, his administration, the GOP and the shudders he caused among America’s NATO allies.
The most obvious motivation was Trump’s standard business modus operandi of taking the psychological high ground by complimenting the man on the other side of the table. Through praise and pacification, Trump hopes his adversary will let down his guard to allow for more communication and negotiation, or hopes he will be distracted while Trump plans harsher methods in the future.
The Russians have been meddling in America since before I was born, folks. It isn’t news. It isn’t worthy of a special counsel doing a counterintelligence investigation. None of this has been necessary. The media looked at this press conference as the day they’re gonna nail Trump. Instead, Trump’s turning the tables on ’em.
What would have been the point of traveling to Helsinki and arranging a summit between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, only to scuttle the chance at a new and improved relationship? It wasn’t going to happen, and in fact Trump hinted at that beforehand, when he told reporters not to expect "a Perry Mason" moment.
President Trump is worse than a dupe: He’s a weakling.
Jonah Goldberg: Trump's stubborn refusal to listen to his own advisers in the matter of the Russia investigation likely stems from his inability to admit that his instincts are ever wrong. As always, Trump's character trumps all.
When the Department of Justice revealed to the public that they had obtained 12 new indictments in the Russian investigation, some believed it was timed to damage President Donald Trump ahead of his summit in Helsinki.
CNN markets itself as a non-partisan and politically objective news media outlet, branding itself “The Most Trusted Name In News.”
Former president's 2009 and 2012 remarks 'sound like' his successor's today when it comes to maintaining a working relationship.
Liberals and the Democratic Party never know when to stop. Going too far with their complaints has been the folly that exposes their concerns as fever dreams. Opportunistic outrage is their drug, and like all addictions it takes over and ruins everything for them.
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s newest anti-American show debuted to paltry ratings on Showtime this week; raising serious questions over whether viewers are interested in the GOP-bashing material.
A left-leaning advocacy group, which plans to spend millions opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, has obscured its funding sources through an opaque organizational structure.
Fox News attracted 346,100,000 audience visits to its website in June, a gain of 10.61% compared to May 2018, according to TheRighting’s exclusive analysis of SimilarWeb data. Fox News was not only the leading conservative website for the month in total audience visits, but it generated an increase of 33,200,000 visits vs. May, by far the largest increase of any right-wing media outlet.
President Trump seemed to lack authority, praising Putin when he should have been condemning him, and ceding opportunities to confront Putin on his most egregious actions of the past decade – including meddling in the 2016 election and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Ryan also appeared critical of Trump’s friendly tone with the Russian president, urging tougher action against Putin.
Trump arrived in Helsinki confident that he could wing it, and he couldn’t. Perhaps it was divine providence that protected America from Hillary Clinton. Trump is still considerably better than a President Clinton 2.0. But the Donald is pushing it.
President Trump had a real opportunity to forge a new relationship with Russia by projecting strength and commanding respect. He failed to do so.
Although Trump’s incredible statements at the press conference were irresponsible, naïve, and even dangerous, they do not reflect current U.S. policy toward Russia. And that’s a very good thing.
Ben Shapiro: On Monday, President Trump proved once again that when it comes to his rhetoric, at least, ego trumps good sense...Trump’s language undermined our foreign policy and our national security.
Trump has a strange ability to abstract himself from his own administration that he often comments on as if he's a pundit with no responsibility for it. In Helsinki, he talked about the United States the same way, as an entity he stands apart from and critiques accordingly. The result was dismaying...
Why are former members of the intelligence community still working to undermine Donald Trump and why is he supposed to speak up for 'em?
f you were expecting Donald Trump to wag a finger at Putin at that lectern in Helsinki, throwing down an ultimatum to never, ever mess with our elections again, that was enormously foolish. Not because it would be undeserved. Because it would have sprouted more negatives than positives.
The vice president welcomed the bilateral meeting, saying President Trump put the U.S. national interest first during the summit, while speaking at the Commerce Department Monday.
While Dobbs’ panelists, Ed Rollins and Michael Goodwin, both felt that Trump could have taken a stronger tone toward Putin on the issue of Russian election interference, Dobbs defined Trump’s critics as “morons” who seem to prefer a hot war than diplomacy.